The Syrian Electronic Army (SEA) opens 2014 by hacking Skype's blog and social media accounts. It's a protest against Microsoft; user accounts appear unaffected.
Turkish hacktivists deface the United Nations Development Program for Ecuador. Neither Ecuador nor the UN are the targets: Ayyildiz Team's patriotic ire is directed against the United States, Israel, Armenia, and domestic opponents.
Exploiting a database vulnerability SnapChat had previously disclosed and dismissed as "theoretical," hackers compromise and expose more than 4 million SnapChat user accounts. Their stated objective was to shame SnapChat and other companies into improving their security.
Another online gaming site, Runescape, was attacked over the holidays, but service has now been restored.
Websense researchers explain how they believe Microsoft Windows crash reports afford hackers "a significant advantage," and promise more details at RSA.
Addressing the Chaos Conference in Hamburg, Wikileaks' Assange calls for massive online retaliation against NSA and its partners.
The Cloud Security Alliance and others predict movement toward a "zero–trust" security model. Augmented reality is seen as the up–and–coming hacktivist target. A ZDNet story purports to explain why Macs, despite vulnerabilities, remain safer than PCs: with PCs relatively easier to exploit, it's not worth hackers' while to go after Macs.
Concerns about government surveillance appear to be stoking an industry bandwagon for encryption solutions. French companies especially seem to be jumping on early.
Indictments are coming in South Korea's cyber command scandal. Ars Technica gives its four legal stories to watch in 2014: NSA litigation, Megaupload, Silk Road, and Lavabit.